Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to develop the ability to apply professional values, ethic codes, and a decision making model to the process of ethical decision making.
Choose one ethical dilemma below to read and analyze applying the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Decision Making Model as outlined in the document, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Decision Making.” Students in the school counseling program are required to select one of the school counselor dilemmas to complete this assignment.
Divide the body of your APA formatted paper into the steps outlined in the ACA document making sure to address all questions for each section. The body of your paper should be 6-9 pages. Your paper should also include an abstract, title page, and reference page, written in APA style. Your paper should be well thought out and demonstrate critical thinking.
Ethical Dilemma 1
Amanda, a counselor in a public high school, decides to start a “relationship skills” group for juniors and seniors. She posts an advertisement for the group in the school counseling office. Her advertisement provides minimal information including the name of the group, the date and time of the first meeting and the school counseling office secretary is listed as the contact. Amanda instructs the secretary for the counseling office to admit the first nine students who call to enroll. The secretary adds students to the group as they call in irrespective of the nature of their problems, their personal goals for the group or previous experience with group.
At the first meeting, nine students show up including seven females and two males. Having never talked with or met the students before, Amanda begins by asking them to share why they have come to the group. One of the males, Paul, shares that he was new to the high school this year, and had just been released from a detention center after serving one year for domestic violence. Paul states that he has “anger issues” especially directed at “women”. At break, five of the females leave and do not return to the group. Paul breaks down in the group and states that he is going to kill himself when he gets home.